One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more consistent with blogging in 2020 and to redesign the TBJ Website to support that effort. I can check one resolution off of my list as I have completed the website redesign. I will judge how I did blogging at the end of 2020. The TBJ […]
Block Files Extensions On The Firewall An easy win to help prevent malware, spyware and crypto ware into your environment is blocking dangerous file extension on your firewall. Most modern firewalls offer the ability to block file extensions. Most modern firewalls offer the ability to create a list of file extensions you do not want […]
If you are like most in the information technology (IT) security field, you are inundated with alerts, systems that need patching and investigating bogus emails. To be successful, you need to have a hyper focus on what’s important. Patching When you perform vulnerability scans and you manage a large number of systems, you are not […]
One of the most important items you can perform on your systems is monthly patching. In the past year most of the vulnerabilities that have been exploited could have been avoided with a proper patch management program. What is a proper patch management program? I will list it below. 1. Have a tool to patch […]
I recently had a few people call me after they were hit with the Cryptolocker virus. I discovered that they were not backing up and lost some data. You should be backing up your data at least weekly, if not daily. This backup should be to some device or service that is not always attached […]
With the various threats and hackings going on these days, you should really enable your desktop firewall. While the desktop firewall will not protect you from everything, it is another layer of security to help better protect yourself. Computer security is much like protecting a castle – the more defenses you have, the better off […]
If you have a laptop that contains sensitive information, you should really encrypt your harddrive. With an encrypted harddrive, if you lose your laptop, it will make it very difficult for someone to access your sensitive data. Microsoft has a program called Bitlocker that works very well to encrypt harddrives. And the best part? Its free.
[anchor name=”resolutions”] New Year’s Security Resolutions It was a year of security breaches and incidents in 2014. The start of this year is good for goals and resolutions, so here is a short list of some security resolutions for 2015. 1. Password Security – This is still one of the most vulnerable parts of your […]
I have mentioned this tech tip before, but it is worth repeating. If you are going to do banking or anything with sensitive information, do not use public WIFI. Hackers/crackers will spoof SSID’s or do fancy tricks such as spoofing MAC addresses to capture all of your traffic. Bottom line: don’t be a fool, don’t […]
The US-Cert site has a very good article located here that discusses how to avoid social engineering and phishing attacks. Since a majority of the attacks have shifted to phishing and social engineering, this is a good article to review.